Fry’s Electronics is shutting its doors for good

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  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

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    From The Verge:

    Fry’s Electronics is shutting its doors for good
    Your best buys are no longer at Fry’s, guaranteed
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  2. Mark Holtz

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    I used to joke that this was once my favorite "toy store", and one of the highlights of Friday's at work in Sacramento was looking at the Friday Fry's newspaper insert. I remember when the railroad-themed Roseville, CA store opened just ten minutes away from my home (no more driving to North Natomas (North Sacramento) and the repurposed "Incredible Universe" store at 30 minutes each year), and that the Plano store was even closer. Alas, the last time I was there was July, 2019, and the inventory was in extremely sad shape due to a move to a consignment model resulting in many bare shelves. I thought they would close after Christmas, 2019.

    Ah well, there is always Micro Center.
     
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  3. TheRatPatrol

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    The past few years they were ghost towns. I’m surprised they lasted as long as they did.
     
  4. harsh

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    My "local" Fry's (Wilsonville, Oregon) was an Incredible Universe and really didn't have a theme. It has been wasting away for perhaps three years now. It will be missed for some of the unique offerings it brought to the market like instrumentation, tooling and bulk electronic components.
     
  5. SledgeHammer

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    Very sad. I haven't been there in years even though the Fountain Valley one is right around the corner from my house. I have fond memories of going there for hours with high school friends lol and I built quite a few PCs fully sourced from Frys. I guess they never really got on board with that whole web fad though... they should have gone the Newegg route.
     
  6. harsh

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    I still miss Egghead.
     
  7. P Smith

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    sad news ... those three stores in Bay Area was my main stores same as Anchor store, WeirdStuff, Microcenter, etc
     
  8. dmspen

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    I first went to Frys sometime in the 80s...as a grocery store. There was a deal that you got a 6 pack of Coke with purchase of a radio (remember those?). It was a small grocery store in Sunnyvale with a few rows of electronics in the back.
     
  9. P Smith

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    sweet memory ...
     
  10. SledgeHammer

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    I still have Microcenter by my house too. Microcenter sucks compared to Frys although they do have good deals now and then. I don't get why Best Buy is still around. Website is good for researching appliances though.

    I did buy my LG OLED from Best Buy in 2015, but that's only because I was able to stack a bunch of promos and they eventually ended up buying it back after 11 months at full price and I got a 2016 model in exchange.
     
  11. TheRatPatrol

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    I don’t remember what year it was but I bought my first big screen TV there, a Mitsubishi RPTV. It was one of the first years they did the Masters in HD. And when PBS had their first HD signal. It was all the rage. I bought other stuff there through the years as well. Good times.
     
  12. Mark Holtz

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    BLINKS.... you're kidding me.... while the Dallas Microcenter on US-75 is a smaller store compared to the Plano Fry's, they have a much better selection... plus stuff was actually IN STOCK.
     
  13. P Smith

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    It wasn't that way in Microcenter Sunnyvale store :(
     
  14. dmspen

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    One of the uh-ohs that happened with Frys...
    My brother and my two nephews, age 8 and 6 at the time, went to Fry's. My brother left them in the TV area watching shows. He cam back and found them standing in front of a large screen TV playing an R rated movie. There were b00bies showing and the kids were staring...of course. My brother contacted the manager who immediately changed the movie. 2My brother wrote to Fry's headquarters about the incident and received a personal apology letter from one of the Frys.
     
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  15. billsharpe

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    The Fry's store in El Segundo, CA, was within walking distance of where I worked before I retired in 1989. I went there often, even after retiring. However I probably haven't patronized the store in the past ten years. Still I'm sorry to see it go.
     
  16. Getteau

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    We've bought a lot of stuff from them over the years. Before everything went online, it was one of the few places you could go to get hard-core electronic, computer and networking components. Where else could you walk down a grocery store length isle of mice or keyboards. If you needed some kind of cable or converter, you went to Fry's because Radio Shack was out of business and no one else carried that kind of stuff. One of the best tool purchases I ever made was a $20 set of screwdriver bits. The kit has everything from standard to square to hex to star in security and non-security configuration. At the time, I was kicking myself for spending the $20. 12 years later, I've never seen another kit like it. Especially for that price.
     
  17. Eva

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    I remember the doods at the doors to check your receipt. I don't know how many times I blew through them. Although one time a door-checker grabbed me and told him he had no right to grab customers who skip and I would go legal if he didn't let go. His supervisor saw what happened and said "let them go, never touch customers."

    But is sad computer type brick and mortars are poofing.

    We got 2 of those box of bits. Came in handy many times.
     
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  18. Mark Holtz

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    From Space.com via MSN:

    Full-size mock International Space Station closes with end of Fry's Electronics
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  19. Getteau

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    Too funny, the Webster store is my primary store and I never realized it was a full scale mockup of the ISS. Compared to the size of the store, the thing was tiny. What's even funnier is that I have one of the cookies and cream ice cream sandwich packages sitting on my desk. I think someone gave it to me as a gag-gift for Christmas a long time ago and it's been sitting on my desk for years.
     

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